I have an email in my inbox with subject: “Your personal Google+ account is going away on April 2, 2019.” I have read it. I’ve gone to visit my Google+ profile to check whether it is worth spending the time to download and save my content, and I have thought: Who cares? “All those moments will be lost in time.”
It is a bit sad to remember that one of the first posts I wrote in this blog was “Friendship, privacy and the mathematical laws of society.” It was in October 2011, a few months after Google announced its “replicant” Google+, and I wrote:
With the launch of the Google Plus Project (Google+), Google has done more to define privacy than philosophers all along the history of thought (…) Facebook’s privacy mechanisms were akin to a cave man’s before Google+.
My expectation was clear. It did not last long. Unfortunately, the cave man won the battle, and we are still there, inside the cave. I can hear Plato’s laughter!